Employees Determine 2010 List of Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area,
Appearing in June 19 Edition of Toronto Star

Hewitt Associates and Queen's University School of Business Research Measures Employee Engagement at GTA Organizations

TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The 50 organizations named to the 2010 list of the Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have figured out what it takes to engage their employees and, as a result, experience lower workforce turnover and greater productivity. These employers not only weathered the economic downturn better than many organizations with low employee engagement, they are recovering from the recession more quickly, according to research conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company, and Queen's University School of Business.

Those eligible for the list were drawn from the more than 250 organizations who participated in either the 2010 Best Employers in Canada or Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study and were headquartered in the GTA or had a significant number of employees working there.

"There is no 'secret recipe' that all organizations can follow to guarantee high employee engagement," said Neil Crawford, a principal with Hewitt Associates and leader of the Study. "Employers first have to determine the types of workers they need to accomplish business objectives and then design and implement the human resources practices and programs that will engage them. If they are successful, their employees will speak positively about the organization, want to stay with the company, and will go 'above and beyond' to help their employer meet its goals."

Employees and leaders at participating organizations are asked to complete an anonymous survey that not only measures their level of engagement, but provides an opportunity for write-in comments on their workplace experiences. Feedback from employees at this year's participants offers real insight into what makes these organizations Best Employers:

    
    -   "During my five years here, I feel they have provided me with great
        opportunities to improve and advance my career. My manager does a
        great job of ensuring I am provided with all the resources I need to
        help me grow and improve my career. I can see myself spending many
        years to come with this company."

    -   "As large a corporation as it is, I am proud to be a part of it and
        contribute to it much like a family unit. There is always a great
        opportunity to work with and meet new people all of the time, and the
        projects are of a magnitude that offer great challenges, sense of
        accomplishment and participation. I don't at all mind giving that
        extra 10 per cent because it can only mean success for me and the
        company."

    -   "I am very proud to work for (employer) - it is a dynamic
        organization that is focused on excellence - excellence in product
        innovation, in community leadership, in environmental consciousness.
        (Employer) is very fair and supportive of its people and maintains
        high ethical standards. It has earned its place as an industry
        leader."

    -   "The level of professionalism, compassion and integrity displayed at
        the senior management level is contagious and filters through to all
        levels of the organization. The (organization) has an extremely
        positive influence on everyone who walks through the front doors each
        and every day. Mutual respect is displayed daily by all employees and
        contributes to a wonderful sense of 'team spirit' for all."

    -   "I truly enjoy working here. I feel valued and respected. The passion
        that we feel throughout the company is conveyed to our customers. And
        to top it off, it's fun."
    

"These employee comments and others demonstrate the importance that clear leadership direction, career development opportunities and recognition play in Best Employer organizations," stated Crawford. "These and other factors contribute to an overall culture that acknowledges and appreciates individual employees, as well as human resources practices that are designed to engage workers and provide a positive work experience."

The 2010 list of the Best Employers in the GTA (attached) appears in the June 19 edition of the Toronto Star and on www.thestar.com.

For additional information about the Best Employers studies and to register online, please visit the Best Employers Web site at www.hewitt.com/bestemployerscanada.

About Hewitt Associates

Hewitt Associates (NYSE: HEW) provides leading organizations around the world with expert human resources consulting and outsourcing solutions to help them anticipate and solve their most complex benefits, talent, and related financial challenges. Hewitt consults with companies to design and implement a wide range of human resources, retirement, investment management, health management, compensation, and talent management strategies. As a leading outsourcing provider, Hewitt administers health care, retirement, payroll, and other HR programs to millions of employees, their families, and retirees. With a history of exceptional client service since 1940, Hewitt has offices in 33 countries, including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, and employs approximately 23,000 associates who are helping make the world a better place to work. For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com/canada.

    
    The 2010 List of the Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area

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    Rank  Organization                     Web site
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    1     Booty Camp Fitness Inc.          www.bootycampfitness.com
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    2     PCL Constructors Inc.            www.pcl.com
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    3     EllisDon Corporation             www.ellisdon.com
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    4     Cisco Systems Canada             www.cisco.com/ca
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    5     Bennett Jones LLP                www.bennettjones.ca
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    6     RL Solutions                     www.rl-solutions.com
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    7     WestJet                          www.westjet.com
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    8     JTI-Macdonald Corp.              www.jti.com
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    9     Gibraltar Solutions              www.gibraltarsolutions.com
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    10    Edward Jones                     www.edwardjones.com
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    11    PEOPLEsource Staffing            www.peoplesource.ca
           Solutions
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    12    Wellington West Holdings Inc.    www.wellingtonwest.com
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    13    Stikeman Elliott LLP             www.stikeman.com
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    14    Aecon Group Inc.                 www.aecon.com
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    15    Miele Ltd.                       www.miele.ca
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    16    Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd.   www.marriott.com
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    17    GlaxoSmithKline Inc.             www.gsk.ca
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    18    Chubb Insurance Company of       www.chubb.com/international/canada
           Canada
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    19    McDonald's Restaurants of        www.mcdonalds.ca
           Canada Limited
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    20    Accubid Systems                  www.accubid.com
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    21    Solutions 2 Go                   www.solutions2go.ca
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    22    The Co-operators                 www.cooperators.ca
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    23    Flight Centre Canada             www.flightcentre.ca
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    24    Delta Hotels and Resorts         www.deltahotels.com
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    25    LoyaltyOne Inc.                  www.loyaltyone.com
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    26    Peel Senior Link                 www.peelseniorlink.com
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    27    G&K Services Canada Inc.         www.gkservices.ca
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    28    OMERS Administration             www.omers.com
           Corporation
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    29    Scotiabank Group                 www.scotiabank.com
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    30    AstraZeneca Canada Inc.          www.astrazeneca.ca
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    31    TD Bank Financial Group          www.td.com
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    32    Klick Inc.                       www.klick.com
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    33    Lakeside Process Controls Ltd.   www.lakesidecontrols.ca
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    34    Novartis Pharmaceuticals         www.novartis.ca
           Canada Inc.
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    35    Starwood Hotels & Resorts        www.starwoodhotels.com/canada
           Worldwide Inc. (Canada)
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    36    Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.           www.ivanhoecambridge.com
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    37    The CWB Group                    www.cwbgroup.org
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    38    Maple Reinders Construction      www.maple.ca
           Ltd.
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    39    Bentall LP                       www.bentall.com
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    40    Cole Engineering Group Ltd.      www.coleengineering.ca
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    41    Ericsson Canada Inc.             www.ericsson.com/ca
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    42    Allergan Inc.                    www.allergan.ca
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    43    Keg Restaurants Ltd.             www.kegsteakhouse.com
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    44    Globalive Communications Corp.   www.globalive.com
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    45    Federal Express Canada Ltd.      www.fedex.com/ca
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    46    TIC Travel Insurance             www.travelinsurance.ca
           Coordinators Ltd.
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    47    Ceridian Canada Ltd.             www.ceridian.ca
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    48    Cintas Canada Limited            www.cintas.ca
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    49    Procter & Gamble, Inc.           www.pg.ca
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    50    Ozery's Pita Break               www.pitabreak.com
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For additional data from the 2010 study, or to speak with one of the year's Best Employers or a consultant from Hewitt Associates, please contact Marcia McDougall, 416.227.5713, marcia.mcdougall@hewitt.com

SOURCE HEWITT ASSOCIATES

For further information: For further information: Marcia McDougall, Hewitt Associates, 416.227.5713, marcia.mcdougall@hewitt.com

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